When you look around at nature, are you awestruck by its beauty? Do you ever wonder how and why it all works so well? To borrow from the lyrics of the song “Redeemer” by Nicole Coleman-Mullen, “Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning, Who told the ocean you can only come this far, And who showed the moon where to hide ‘til evening, Whose words alone can catch a falling star?”
We know from the first verse in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, that God created the heavens and the earth. The entire first chapter then goes on to narrate in great detail all that God created. After creating the heavens and the earth, God rested on the seventh day. In Chapter 2 of Genesis we read that God created of a man out of the dust from the ground (2:7) and later on, He created a woman from one of the man’s ribs (2:21).
God not only created everything in the heavens and on the earth, but today He still cares for His creation. This is quite contrary to much of what is man made. A company makes or manufactures a product and it seems for many of them all they want to do is sell more and more of product, but they really have very little care or concern for when it breaks down. Have you ever tried calling the toll-free customer service hotline that comes on the packaging of the product? You usually get satisfaction, right? Sure there are companies out there that still pride themselves in customer service and repairing or replacing broken products, but for the most part, the focus seems to be on making the product, and what happens after that, well, often times you are on your own.
Psalm 104 is a beautiful narration of how God cares for and sustains all that He has made. This psalm is too long to put in this post so click here to read Psalm 104 in its entirety. As a teaser, here are a few verses – “He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate, bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts (vv. 14-15).”
The point we want to make today is that God is our creator and He has authority other us and all of creation, His goodness is evident in the diversity of all that he has created, He still cares and sustains all that He has created, and if you hear nothing else, hear this, despite what might be going on around you, or in you, God is in control. Job 12:10 says this – “In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” The Apostle Paul, in Colossians 1:17, writes this – “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
So today, regardless of the condition of your employment status, your finances, your health, your marriage or friendships, your aging parents or your children, or the world around you, please know that God is big enough to create and sustain everything in the heavens and on the earth and He is caring enough to number the hairs on your head. You think we are kidding? Read this from John 12:6-7 – “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
When life breaks down, in you and around you, you can turn to God and know that He will always answer the phone, and you will never hear, “Please hold, “Please call back between the hours of 8AM and 6 PM EST,” or “Sorry, your product is out of warranty.”
We will end with a few more lyrics from “Redeemer, “The very same God that spins things in orbit, Runs to the weary, the worn and the weak, And the same gentle hands that hold me when I am broken, They conquered death to bring me victory, Now I know my redeemer lives, I know my redeemer lives, Let all creation testify, Let this life within me cry I know my redeemer, He lives.”
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